|Birth Day:||October 31, 2005|
|Birth Place:||Madrid, Spain|
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Born via caesarean section, she was baptized several days later at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain.
Leonor was born to Felipe and Letizia, then Prince and Princess of Asturias, on 31 October 2005 at 01:46, during the reign of her paternal grandfather, Juan Carlos I, in the Ruber International Hospital in Madrid by means of a caesarean section necessitated by non-progression of labour. As the daughter of the heir apparent, she was an infanta and the second in the line of succession to the Spanish throne. Her birth was announced by the royal family to the press via SMS.
Her umbilical cord was clipped and sent for storage to the Cord Blood Registry based in Arizona. Leonor left the Ruber International Hospital with her parents on 7 November 2005. She was baptised in the Zarzuela Palace by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Rouco Varela, on 14 January 2006. Like her father, Leonor was christened in a romanesque baptismal font used to christen Spanish princes since the 17th century and originally used by Saint Dominic with water from the Jordan River.
Leonor's education began at the daycare for the children of the Spanish Royal Guard. She began her first year of primary school on 15 September 2008 at the Santa María de los Rosales School in Aravaca, just outside Madrid. Her father is an alumnus of the private school and her younger sister, Sofía, is also enrolled there. Leonor is fluent in both Spanish and English and has studied Mandarin.
Spanish monarchy operates under a system of male-preference cognatic primogeniture, meaning that Leonor, as the elder of Felipe's two daughters, is first in line to inherit the throne. Under the current law, however, if her father has a legitimate son while still being king, Leonor would be displaced in the line of succession and again become an infanta. There have been discussions about changing the succession law to absolute primogeniture, allowing for the inheritance of the eldest child, regardless of sex; however, the birth of Leonor, followed by that of her younger sister Sofía, stalled these plans. Despite a change from male-preference to absolute primogeniture for Spanish titles of nobility in 2009, as of 2020 no legislation has been passed affecting the succession to the throne.
In May 2014, Leonor made her first official visit to the San Javier Air Force base in Murcia.
On 18 June 2014, King Juan Carlos signed the instrument of abdication, and the following day at the stroke of midnight (18-19 June 2014) Leonor's father ascended the throne becoming King Felipe VI, and Leonor became his heir presumptive and became the brand new Princess of Asturias.
In October 2014, a wax figure of Leonor was unveiled at the Museo de Cera in Madrid. On 20 May 2015, Leonor received First Communion as per Catholic custom.
A day before her 10th birthday, she was granted the Order of the Golden Fleece by her father. In addition, the Council of Ministers approved the design of her personal standard and guidon. Coinciding with the 50th birthday of King Felipe, in January 2018, the King officially gave Leonor the collar of the Golden Fleece.
In September 2018, Leonor conducted her first public engagement outside the palace by accompanying her parents to Covadonga to celebrate the 1,300th anniversary of the Kingdom of Asturias. On 31 October 2018, Princess Leonor gave her first public speech, held at the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, where she read the first article of the Constitution of Spain. The speech coincided with the 40th anniversary of the constitution and her 13th birthday.
On 18 October 2019 she made her first significant speech at Premio Princesa de Asturias. On 4 November 2019, she made her first speech at the Princess of Girona Foundation awards in Barcelona, in which she spoke in Spanish, Catalan, English and Arabic.
Princess's younger sibling, Infanta Sofia of Spain, was born in 2007.
|#1||Jesús José Ortiz Álvarez||Grandparents||N/A||N/A||N/A|
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|#3||María de la Paloma Rocasolano Rodríguez||Grandparents||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#4||Juan Carlos I of Spain||Grandparents||$10 Million||N/A||82||Royals|
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|#9||Felipe VI of Spain||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||234,204 euros ($267,447);||52||King|
|#10||Infanta Sofía of Spain||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||13||Prince|
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